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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this animated series (part of the Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim lineup) is for very mature teens and adults only. The main character is a naked butt with a drinking problem who, as a renegade detective, shoots his gun with abandon. Scenes include naked, groping adults and visible breast-fondling. Viewers also hear an explicit sex scene and see it in shadows. Blood flows freely, though in animated form, and dark subject matter -- like the murder of a prostitute -- is the subject of the comedy. Crass language is frequent.
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What's the story?
It's not surprising that the crudely comic animated series ASSY MCGEE airs as part of Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim programming bloc: The title character is, literally, a butt. This butt wears a handgun strapped to his legs, as well as socks and shoes -- but he has no torso or head. His slurred voice (along with frequent gas) emanates from his butt crack. Assy (voiced by Larry Murphy, who takes care of the rest of the characters as well) is a hard-boiled cop with a drinking problem and a weakness for the massage parlor. Despite his propensity for shooting off his gun without warning at anyone who gets in his way -- criminal, cop, or even his partner, Detective Sanchez -- Assy's hunches pay off in the end, which keeps him on the police force.
Is it any good?
Episodes are only a few minutes long, but they're packed full of every violent, crass, cynical element you can think of. For example, one episode follows Assy's investigation of a murdered hooker. Viewers meet the city's corrupt mayor and the ragged-faced chief of police, and a flashback scene features President John Adams and his "favorite whore" cavorting naked under a bridge. Next thing you know, Adams has unwittingly killed the woman, setting up the present-day storyline.
Obviously, this isn't kid-friendly material. Some older teens will enjoy the juxtaposition of animation with the dark, crass material, and there are some funny moments thanks to the clever writing and the just plain strangeness of watching a talking butt walk around. Nevertheless, parents may prefer that even mature teens avoid the show due to its sexual content, especially the parts that potentially demean women.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about comedy. What makes a cartoon funny? Is this show funny? Why or why not? What boundaries is it pushing? How would the show be different if it weren't animated? What other TV shows does it remind you of? What characteristics do most Adult Swim cartoons have in common? Why do you think that is?